BIGBETPOKER.COM goes live with 'play for real' Poker site
By staff was first conceived as an on line poker room some two years ago when David Holdsworth, a software developer and avid poker player, created a game of Texas Hold'em which he ran successfully online as a 'play money' site for about nine months.

Encouraged by player response to the initial concept, Dave investigated commercial applications for the site. By partnering with a group who had already developed a significant back office reporting system as a result of their involvement in the Gaming Software Industry, the future Poker Inc. was conceived.

This partnership enabled the new entity to create a best of breed online Poker Game with many unique features and benefits for operators not offered by other software providers.


The Big Bet Poker software has been developed and perfected through extensive Beta testing, along with invaluable input from poker players as well as owners of Sports Books and online Casinos.

'We found that real poker players want a clean, simple interface (with no animated characters at the table), with functional graphics, plus clear, concise support information. From the feedback that we have received from players as well as operators, it appears that these requirements have been achieved' said Poker Inc.'s CTO.


The site offers players a choice of three classic poker games, which cater to 90% of poker player preferences: Texas Hold'em, Omaha and Omaha Hi Lo. Additional poker games, including Seven Card Stud and Seven Card Stud Hi Lo, will be available soon.

Play for cash or Tournament formats are available for all these games. A Play for Free option will continue to be offered.

Players are able to choose between Limit, Pot Limit and No Limit, as well as choose the stake level at which they want to play, i.e. 25/50c, $1/2,$2/4, $5/10, $10/20, etc. Initially, games will be offered in US dollars, with other currencies to be added in the future.


Our 'Skin' concept is attractive to potential operators of an online poker business.

'The Skin Licensee Program offers a potential operator an ideal venue for building up an online poker business with very low upfront cost and risk, while still providing maximum enjoyment to the players' said Richard Brightling, V.P. Marketing & Sales, Poker Inc.

Common Pool of Players: One key factor to running an online poker room is having a critical mass or pool of players on hand with whom other players can play. For this reason, the software specifically enables Skin Licensees to provide access to a 'Common Pool' of poker players. [the licensees do not access the room, their customers do]

In this scenario, a player goes to their online Sports Book or Casino 'Skin', which is branded in the same way as their Sports Book or Casino. The 'Skin' provides access to the Poker Room. Once there, the player participates with other poker players that may come from various other 'Skins', thereby achieving the desired critical mass of players.

Poker Players Use Same Password and ID: The other key factor is that players are able to use the same Password and ID that they use with their established online Sports Book or Casino. Players can also transfer monies between their Sports Book/Casino account and the Poker Room.

The software facilitates both of these key requirements.


The 'Skin' concept provides operators with the opportunity to enter the fast growing online poker business without having to also establish the many support functions necessary to run an online poker room. Skin Licensees will only have to focus on bringing players to their site. Our back office system takes care of virtually everything else.

In return for managing the Poker Room, including administration, fraud and collusion control, promotions, public relations, etc., Poker Inc. receives the Rake, which in turn is shared with each of its Skin Licensees, based on the number of players that each Skin brings to the Poker Room.


At 2.9 Mgs, our download is the lowest in the industry, making it very quick and simple to install. On average, less than two minutes is required to get the software loaded.


On behalf of everyone at Big Bet Poker and Poker Inc., we would like to thank you all for playing our Poker software. Your participation and comments have helped us build what we believe will be one of the best online Poker sites available. WENT LIVE Jan 29th 2003

For more information please contact:

Richard Brightling at North America and Europe

Victor Bigio at: Central America and Caribbean

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